How to Fix Stretched Sweater Cuffs

Don't give up on sweaters with loose, stretched-out cuffs―just follow these simple tricks to tighten the material and wear that pullover again.

If you find you have a sweater with frayed or loose cuffs, don't despair. There's no need to toss it just yet. With a little effort, you can bring your sweater back to life. Follow the simple steps in the video above and outlined below to tighten the material. Learn how to fix frayed sweater cuffs.

What You Need

  • Wool or cotton sweater
  • Boiled water
  • Bowl
  • Blow dryer

Follow These Steps

  1. Pour boiled water into a bowl. Using hot water will help shrink the cuff.
  2. Dampen the cuff. Dampen the loose cuffs of your wool or cotton sweater with hot water, then re-shape the cuff as needed.
  3. Blow-dry the cuff. Dry the areas with a blow dryer—the hot water and the dryer's heat will cause shrinkage. Tip: Sometimes using a steam iron is enough to contract the fabric's material.
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